Tuesday, 13 April 2021

Knight in Shining Armor (Magic and Alchemy)


It now feels like eons
Amid fairy tales
and medieval romances,
I started yearning for
a dauntless savior;
Wearing rose-tinted glasses, 
I wondered, "Where is my
Knight in shining armor?"

I soon felt impatient
with the long, arduous wait
Yet my heart was adamant;
Amid hardships and tragedies,
I found the mine of wisdom
Also in abundance they came
- allies and critics
but the Knight in shining armor
was nowhere in sight.
Disregarding it as my childhood dream,
I laughed in front of the mirror when
I behold the Knight in shining armor.

The sudden realization
showered me with unfettered joy
I looked at the girl in the mirror
She had fought each adversity
with the sword of tenacity
Saved me each time
I faced any difficulty.
When I was the Sleeping Beauty
drowned in ignorance,
she awakened me;
When I was stuck like Cinderella,
She, through her hard work
fulfilled all my dreams.
At last, I found the one 
I've been seeking for long
I smiled as I looked at the mirror
Yes! I am my Knight in shining armor. 

Purba Chakraborty


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Monday, 12 April 2021

Jewels (Magic and Alchemy)


The scars of yesterday
have crystallized into
jewels - azure, amber, emerald
Strength, hope, wisdom.
Fasten them on
your tiara of resilience;
Now wear your cape of confidence
as you carve a new path, 
move perilous mountains
shatter the glass ceilings
like the warrior you are!

Purba Chakraborty


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Saturday, 10 April 2021

In their Eyes (Magic and Alchemy)


In the eyes 
of my mother and grandmother,
I had seen broken dreams, 
missed opportunities
unfulfilled wishes
unfinished sentences
haunting them like a ghost
due to gender-inequality. 
I wonder how deep
their love for me has been;
They gave me the life
they dreamt but couldn't have;
They weaved a blanket 
of strength, love,
tenacity, and resilience
from all their brokenness
and sheathed me with it
so that I get to live
this privileged, liberated life.
And today, whenever
I fulfill a dream,
Win a verbal battle
Create opportunities for 
myself and my soul sisters,
I realize my mother and grandmother
are living their dream life through me;
Together we'll always be in this journey.

Purba Chakraborty


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Friday, 9 April 2021

How to be the Thunder! (Magic and Alchemy)


You long to be 
a beautiful rainbow
on people's sky;
At times, the sun
Sometimes, the full moon
Also, a pole star.
But today I will teach you
how to be the thunder!

When people try to stifle your voice
On account of gender, caste and race
Roar like the thunder
Till they shudder
and realize their blunder;
Call out against any inequality
that you witness;
Leave your questions on 
their cloudy minds
like a bolt of lightening.
Be the thunder in their sky
Compel them to reply 
why do they even try
to stifle someone's voice
on account of gender, caste and race.
Yes, roar like the thunder
Till they shudder
and realize their blunder.

Purba Chakraborty


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Thursday, 8 April 2021

Give me your Hand (Magic and Alchemy)


Give me your hand
Let me take you twenty years back;
Can you see that scared child,
locked inside a dark room
as punishment for being disobedient?
She is shaking in fear
with the stern belief that 
she has to always please others
in order to be accepted. 
Take her in your arms,
Sing a lullaby to comfort her
Let her know she will be safe 
She will learn to protect her 
She will conquer every darkness
There is nothing to fear.

Give me your hand
Let me take you ten years back;
Yes there she is, the doe-eyed girl
Ridiculed by her school teacher
for being an introvert
Bullied by her classmates 
for not being able to fit-in. 
Her eyes rain tears of rejection
She wonders if this will be her life's fashion.
Hold her hand
Wipe her tears
Tell her she will grow 
into a beautiful, confident woman
and conquer many mountains
She will learn to stand up her herself
without losing her kindness and grace.

Give me your hand
Let me now take you seven years back;
Can you see her countenance
marked by a profound agony?
She has experienced loss of a loved one
at the cruel hands of death
Her life seems to have lost all meaning
She is terrified of losing people.
In that fear, she is building iron gates
in front of her loving heart;
She wants to distance herself from all
so that she never has to taste the pain twice.
Give her a warm embrace
Let her cry her heart out
Let her tears melt away those
iron gates that she had built;
Now, tell her how life is a full circle
Whatever goes away returns back
The same book in a new cover
The same words in a new tune.
She has nothing to fear
Life will always reward her with 
new hello after a painful goodbye. 

The little five-year old,
The doe-eyed teenager
The melancholic young woman
They all live within you.
You nurture them daily
with pearls of wisdom
and kind, assuring words of love;
No matter what the past has been,
They are happy and peaceful today
Coexisting in your heart with harmony.

-Purba Chakraborty


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Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Flirting with the Mountain Breeze (Magic and Alchemy)


Flirting with the mountain breeze,
The little girl experienced life's first kiss;
The wild wind in her hair
Lured her to dream and dare
To forget all logic and sense
To see life from Nature's astute lens
To sing to the wild flowers
To roll on the verdant earth for hours
To dance for the fluttering clouds
Not care for the supercilious crowd.

Flirting with the mountain breeze,
The weary woman experienced life's rosy kiss;
The wind pampered her ritzy tresses
Inviting her to be part of the wilderness
Amid nostalgia, she had the awareness
Only living on her own terms
will give her divine happiness.

-Purba Chakraborty


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Tuesday, 6 April 2021

Emotional Ebb and Flows (Magic and Alchemy)


Wading amid the ceaseless
emotional ebb and flows,
I get surrounded by a
tiny zillion thought bubbles.
I struggle for air as I swim
The thoughts make me overwhelm
I almost drown...

...Wading amid the ceaseless
emotional ebb and flows,
I again get surrounded by a 
tiny zillion thought bubbles.
Now, I witness each of them
sans any ropes of attachment
I accept some
I delete some
I ignore some
I laugh at some.
Finding the pearl of liberation,
I float in the sea of life
At ease, without strife.

-Purba Chakraborty


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Monday, 5 April 2021

Dancing with a Cyclone (Magic and Alchemy)


It came to consume me
To thrash me down
to the pebbled floor
To laugh at my
tears and blood-tinted lesions;
Like a barbarous sadist, 
It reveled in my misery;
The more I whined, 
the more it was unkind
Till I ogled at it
With a bona fide smile
and stood up after a while.

"You are no foe,
but a teacher in disguise",
Saying this, I held its hand.
Dancing with a cyclone
Round and round, I was thrown
I fell, I got hurt, yet I stood up
Dancing with a cyclone
Round and round, I won.
I learned my strengths as
I matched its footsteps;
Finally, when it was gone
From caterpillar, a butterfly was born. 

-Purba Chakraborty

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Saturday, 3 April 2021

Courage, the Queen sitting in your heart (Magic and Alchemy)


How long will you
gaze at those half-baked dreams
with an aching melancholy?
How long will you 
watch your vision of glory
getting blurry 
with the remnants of failures
and the bitter words of naysayers?

Stop at once
and tap into that mighty reservoir
of Courage sitting in your heart 
like the Queen in chess;
She is bedecked with 
pearls of faith and rubies of resilience.
Invoke her today
When your mind-kingdom is in danger;
Let Courage fuel those half-baked dreams
and clear your mighty vision;
The failures are now notes of wisdom
Your naysayers, part of your fandom. 

-Purba Chakraborty

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Friday, 2 April 2021

Blossoming Overnight (Magic and Alchemy)


At the charcoal dark of night,
She realized she has lost her light;
With clammy eyes, she plucked out
Sunless, dried, rancid petals of
Envy from her heart
that had robbed her off many
Soul sisters for years 
and kept them apart.
Her burden lightened 
as she fell into slumber,
The sun rose in her heart
making her blossom overnight.

-Purba Chakraborty

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Thursday, 1 April 2021

A Time You Felt Happy (Magic and Alchemy)


Do you 

remember a time

you felt truly happy?

Not for a flickering few minutes,

But for what felt like eternity;

Dancing in the air kind of happy

Spreading love like confetti kind of happy

Feeling that you belong to the entire universe kind of happy?

Close your eyes

Take a deep breath

Feel at home with hope and love

Radiating through every cell of your body.

Walk into that room of your mind

that carries the fragrance of the happy time;

Look for its source in every nook and corner

till you tire out and fail;

Now see yourself in a new light

Yes, You - the Creator 

of Absolute Happiness and Bliss,

of every great thing that has happened in your life. 

-Purba Chakraborty


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Thursday, 25 March 2021

#BlogchatterA2Z Theme Reveal: Magic and Alchemy (Poetry)

This is the third year when I will be participating in the Blogchatter A to Z blogging challenge on the month of April. 

I am going to write 26 posts on the month of April. My theme for this year is 
Magic & Alchemy : 
Poems to Rediscover the Tiny Miracles within and around. 

Sometimes we are so busy in our rat-race that we overlook the beauty that we are surrounded with and we lose touch with our inner self. 

This series of poems will be a gentle call to slow down, look around to find the beauty of Nature and turn inward so that we can befriend our glorious Self. 

I am so excited to embark on this new journey. Hope you will join me in the journey of Magic & Alchemy ✨💫

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Sunday, 21 March 2021

Combat Body Shaming to Protect Your Mental Health


All of us have faced body shaming at least at some point in our lives. Body shaming is not just restricted to fat-shaming and thin shaming; it can be any derogatory comment about your body. If someone comments how frizzy your hair looks or the number of grey hair that you have, it is body shaming. If someone comments about your skin colour, teeth, eyes, nose, lips, or any other part of your body in a derogatory way, it is body shaming.

When confronted with body shaming, most of us feel tongue-tied while an avalanche of emotions somersault within us- anger, hurt, resentment, bitterness, sadness. The reason we often fail to reply to our body shamers is that we start doubting ourselves. 

When someone makes us feel miserable about our body, we are often paralyzed by self-doubt. As a result, we fail to stand up for ourselves at that moment. Later, we sulk thinking why we failed to give an apt reply.

There are two major problems of failing to stand up for ourselves when we are subjected to body shaming:

(i)                Our mental health gets compromised.

(ii)             We give the body shamers another chance to hurt us.

If we all speak up, if we stand up for ourselves every time someone passes a derogatory comment about our body and we promise ourselves not to indulge in body shaming, the venomous culture of body shaming would die a natural death.

Here are some tips to combat body-shaming:

1.     Understand that people who body shame others are victims of body shaming


First of all, it is important to understand who these body shamers are. They are chronic victims of body shaming and are always uncomfortable with their bodies. As they have such a hateful relationship with their body, they pull others down by body shaming.


Realizing this truth can help us forgive those people easily and not take their words to heart.


2.     Speak up


When someone passes a comment about your body weight or skin colour or hair, speak up. Let the person know it is not alright to comment about your body. Let the person know that you will not tolerate and give space for such a conversation.


If it is a friend, give a generous smile and tell him/her that you are happy and you love yourself just the way you are. If your friend wants to drag the discussion, ask whether they are happy with their body. If they are, they should not bother about how you look.


If it is an elder who is commenting about your body weight due to concern for you, smile and tell them it is your body type and that you are perfectly healthy. So he/she does not have to worry about you.


If it is a stranger who is commenting about your body, tell them to mind their own business.


I agree it is not easy to give a reply to the body shamer especially when it is a person who is close to you. But keeping quiet will worsen your mental health and allow that person to criticize you once again. 

3.     Develop a healthy and harmonious relationship with your body


If you want to combat body shaming, you have to develop a healthy relationship with your body. The foundation of the relationship needs to be so strong that a derogatory comment about your body cannot shake it.


Practice loving affirmations towards your body every day. Stand in front of the mirror and say these affirmations aloud:


“I love my body. I send love to each organ, bone, muscle, and part of my body.”


“My body is a miracle. I take care of my body by feeding it nutritious food. I enjoy caring for myself.”


“My body is perfect for me. I am beautiful and attractive just the way I am.”


“I am comfortable in my skin. I accept all of me.”


Invest your time and energy in taking good care of yourself. Make your relationship with your body so strong and harmonious that no one’s comment can make you doubt yourself. 

These are three tips to combat body shaming on a regular basis. Our mental health gets badly affected when we quietly tolerate body shaming and drown ourselves in self-doubts. We try a wide range of things to look perfect so that our body shamers speak well about us. But guess what? No matter how we look, our body shamers will always have something wrong to tell if we give them that space.

So, let’s pledge today to

-Stand up for ourselves when someone makes a derogatory statement about our body

-Develop a healthy, loving, and harmonious relationship with our body

-Never indulge in body shaming

We are all in this together!


Sunday, 28 February 2021

5 Ways to Journal for Good Mental Health


I started journaling in 2014 after listening to Robin Sharma’s mastery sessions. Journaling has helped me in understanding myself, having better clarity of my goals, releasing pent-up anger, expressing my gratitude, and be more organized.

Over the years, I have become a calmer and more emotionally stable person due to journaling. Earlier, I used to have massive mood swings which I comprehended as normal. I never tried to understand why my mood changed. I used to distract myself with Netflix or Social Media until my mood changed for the better.

I write in my journal every Sunday evening. I review the bygone week and plan the next week. I have downloaded a journal App on my phone called ‘Presently’ where I write down the things that I am grateful for, every single day. Apart from these rituals, I journal when I feel upset, confused, and chaotic. From my own experience, I can say that Journaling is the key to good mental health.

In this article, I will discuss 5 ways to journal to feel happy, calm, and emotionally stable.

1.List of Things That You are Grateful For

Making a list of things that you are grateful for can make you feel so much good about your life. As I have mentioned, I have this ritual of writing down 10 things I am grateful for.

No matter how stressful your day is, there is always something to be grateful for. And when we feel grateful for all the things that we have, we attract better things in our life.  

2.Letter Writing

If you are angry or upset with someone, write a letter to them in your journal. Write everything that you want to tell them in person. Once you have written down all those feelings, you will start feeling better. Then, you can talk to that person depending on the equation that you share or you can just wish them well and move on.

Often, our suppressed feelings give way to pain and depression. So, if anyone’s behavior has hurt you, you can write a letter to them in your journal.

3.Express your feelings about a situation

If you find yourself in a troubling situation where you are confused or upset, write down in your journal about your feelings about that particular situation. As you will pour your thoughts on paper, things will get clearer. The Divine Intelligence will guide you in understanding the best that you can do in your situation.

4.Get to Know Yourself

When you spend more time with yourself, you will know yourself better. Journaling is a great way to know about your likes, dislikes, strengths, weakness, fears, and anxieties. You can use these simple prompts to know yourself better:

I feel the best when…..

I feel upset and angry when….

My strengths….

My weaknesses….

I worry about….

3 dreams that I want to fulfill….

5. Review the last week

I already told about my Sunday evening ritual when I contemplate the bygone week. Doing this exercise helps me understand how I can be a better and more organized person.

We keep learning various things every week but because we don’t document them, we forget those precious insights. So, it is a great idea to review the last week on your journal and make plans for the week ahead.

Now that you know about 5 different ways to journal, I would like to share a few tips that will make your journaling journey a comfortable one:

(i)Let your journal be a judgment-free zone. Do not judge yourself by what you have written.

(ii)Do not worry about grammar and spelling. Write freely without worrying about a spelling mistake or a typo.

(iii)Set a timer of fifteen minutes. Keep writing till the timer buzzes.

(iv)Write every day at least for five minutes to gain maximum benefit.

Embark on this beautiful and peaceful journey of journaling today. You will not only have better mental health but you will discover yourself as your best friend.

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